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by PGLGreg
Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 10 Years and Counting
Replies: 37
Views: 10621

Re: 10 Years and Counting

Good to hear from you and congratulations. It's going on 14 years, for me, after a less interesting 2a rectal cancer.
by PGLGreg
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Happy 14 year cancerversary to me
Replies: 19
Views: 7718

Re: Happy 14 year cancerversary to me

Thanks for recalling your inspiring cancer adventure for us. I'm coming up on my 13th, after a rather routine and uninteresting experience with stage 2 rectal cancer.
by PGLGreg
Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: First post on colon talk, just a few questions
Replies: 16
Views: 5745

Re: First post on colon talk, just a few questions

Deb m wrote:Heads up, be sure the surgeon that will be preforming your surgery is a BOARD CERTIFIED COLO-RECTAL SURGEON. This is very important!

I doubt that it is very important. Unless someone has an authoritative source, I'll consider it a rumor.
by PGLGreg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer: Is chemotherapy advisable for 68 years old Heart patient after LAR surgery
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: Rectal Cancer: Is chemotherapy advisable for 68 years old Heart patient after LAR surgery

I had chemotherapy at 63. Not a problem (but I don't have heart trouble). I think you had best follow the advice of his doctors. Bear in mind that people have very different reactions to chemotherapy, and in case of a bad reaction, the therapy can be modified or stopped.
by PGLGreg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Still worried after finding Hemorrhoids
Replies: 13
Views: 1967

Re: Still worried after finding Hemorrhoids

If I were you, I'd still be nervous. After seeing blood in my stool, I went to my doctor, who looked inside my anus and diagnosed hemorrhoids. But he also mentioned the possibility of a colonoscopy. I decided to get one, but it took several months to schedule an appointment with a gastroenterologist...
by PGLGreg
Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Should I ask for a colonoscopy?? Help meeee
Replies: 16
Views: 4550

Re: Should I ask for a colonoscopy?? Help meeee

magsss208 wrote:... so she wants to do another pelvic ultrasound. I can’t help but think it’s a waste of time since I already got one. I just think that the right sided pain and the rest of my symptoms are all connected. This is exhausting

Follow your doctor's advice. She's the expert; not you.
by PGLGreg
Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: 20 years old, extremely worried.
Replies: 18
Views: 3628

Re: 20 years old, extremely worried.

I'd guess that rectal cancer is unlikely. But do get that colonoscopy, preferably from a gastroenterologist, who may be able to treat whatever you have going on in your bowel.
by PGLGreg
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Rectal Cancer - Standard of Care Approach or Neoadjuvant Chemo approach???
Replies: 30
Views: 7154

Re: Rectal Cancer - Standard of Care Approach or Neoadjuvant Chemo approach???

With stage 2 rectal cancer 5 cm above the anal verge, I had first surgery, then radiation and 5fu chemo. It worked fine. In your shoes, I'd follow my oncologist's recommendation (which is what I did).
by PGLGreg
Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Having open colorectal surgery 11/09/2017
Replies: 55
Views: 8521

Re: Having open colorectal surgery 11/09/2017

I felt like I was in the way and I also hated walking the hallways because you could see and hear all of the sad and sick people. It was very depressing. Where did you all walk? Is there someplace else besides the hallway outside of your room? Are we able to leave our floor of the hospital and walk...
by PGLGreg
Wed Nov 08, 2017 5:05 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Having open colorectal surgery 11/09/2017
Replies: 55
Views: 8521

Re: Having open colorectal surgery 11/09/2017

The surgeon is doing "open" surgery because the 4 cm cancer is in the lower colon and upper rectum and he thinks with the open surgery it will give me a better chance to avoid a colostomy. If any one here has had the open surgery, could you please share your experience in terms of recover...
by PGLGreg
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:18 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: New and husband just diagnosed
Replies: 36
Views: 10008

Re: New and husband just diagnosed

Of course I asked all kinds of questions and we are being referred to a colorectal surgeon next week to see if it is even operable. The doctor that did the scope didn't seem too hopeful at all and I am just devastated. He said there may not be a cure but there would be treatment. I feel like this i...
by PGLGreg
Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Chemoradiation AFTER resection
Replies: 6
Views: 1108

Re: Chemoradiation AFTER resection

I too had chemoradiation after surgery for rectal cancer. Well, before surgery, it appeared that I had colon cancer, rather than rectal cancer -- that's why. No ostomy. No sign of cancer since the surgery.
by PGLGreg
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Just told I have a mass in rectum
Replies: 46
Views: 17993

Re: Just told I have a mass in rectum

This all sounds pretty familiar -- pretty much what happened to me in late November of 2005. Mine was stage 2a rectal cancer, found by a colonoscopy. After surgery, radiation, and chemo, for me, there's been no further sign of the cancer since. Try not to worry.
by PGLGreg
Sun Aug 20, 2017 1:49 pm
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say
Replies: 125
Views: 41810

Re: BrownBagger ....... I don't know what to say

On those rare occasions when I've looked in here in recent years, I always scanned for posts from Eric. He generally had something interesting and gentle. I wish I had met him in person.
by PGLGreg
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Colon Talk - Colon cancer (colorectal cancer) support forum
Topic: Blood on surface of stool and very weird stool shape (help!)
Replies: 12
Views: 72985

Re: Blood on surface of stool and very weird stool shape (help!)

Get a colonoscopy from a gastroenterologist. Even if your doctor thinks that rectal cancer is a low probability, I think you should insist. I had such symptoms in 2005, diagnosed by my pcp as hemorrhoids. But a half year later, I learned it was cancer. Of course, it's perfectly possible to have bot...

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